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Viewing angle matters - Screen type does not

Bellman, S., Schweda, A. and Varan, D. (2009) Viewing angle matters - Screen type does not. Journal of Communication, 59 (3). pp. 609-634.

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Increasingly, television content is available to viewers across 3 different screen types: TVs, personal computers (PCs), and portable devices such as mobile phones and iPods. The purpose of this study was to see what effect physical and apparent screen size has upon ad effectiveness. Using a sample of 320 members of the Australian public, we found that TV ads can be just as effective on PCs and iPods. However, controlling for screen type, ads viewed from a closer distance (i.e. with a wider viewing angle) were more likely to be recalled the next day, and were associated with more favorable brand attitudes. Shorter programs, product relevance, and use of close-ups and detailed images made no difference to this general viewing-angle effect.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): Interactive Television Research Institute
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Copyright: © 2009 International Communication Association.
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